Anthr 102 Lecture Notes 9

Anthr 102 Lecture Notes 9 - Exchange and Personhood II...

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1 Exchange and Personhood II Class 9 The Gift Gift-exchange societies: societies where the gift, not the market, is the primary medium of exchange In gift-exchange societies compulsion/obligation/ desire to give, to receive, to reciprocate A mix of interest and disinterest, altruism and desire Parallels in Modern Capitalist Euro- American societies Why do we give and receive engagement rings? Mixture of disinterest and interest Mixture of person and thing Mixture of debt and obligation
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